Back to school shopping: Austin boutiques

School's back, which can only mean one thing. Studying... just kidding, it means back to school shopping!

Now that school is back in session, it's time for the ONLY fun part about going back to school - back to school shopping! There's no need to go all the way to the mall, The Domain, or even to the outlets to get ready for school this semester. Try shopping some of Austin's best local shops to look good this semester, and maybe catch the eye of that cute guy in your Intro to Philosophy class.

Here are some of my favorite spots in Austin, that aren't too far from campus.


Dog and Pony | 2712 Guadalupe
 

Dog and Pony | 2712 Guadalupe

Located on Guadalupe and 27th, you can literally stop by in between classes. In my opinion, this is the best new boutique in Austin. D+P carries some of my favorite brands otherwise only found online, such as Evil Twin, Stylestalker and Motel. Last but not least, D+P has a fully stocked line of denim cut offs created in-house perfect for this hot Texas heat. PS: Students get 10% off with student ID!

Charm School Vintage | 2109 Cesar Chavez
 

Charm School Vintage | 2109 Cesar Chavez

Charm School is quickly becoming one of my favorite vintage shops around Austin. It is the perfect place for you to get a sweet summer dress, distressed leather goods or just something so uniquely vintage and a guarantee that you'll stand out. On top of a new outfit, you can get your hair done at Salon d'Etoile, under the same roof. The whole store is "South Congress style at east side prices."

Laced With Romance | 1601 South 1st
Owner Stephanie Villalobos

Laced With Romance | 1601 South 1st

Laced With Romance is a go-to for me when it comes to shopping in Austin. First of all, there is unbeatable vintage, including a great men's selection. Second, there is Dust & Drag, their in-house line. I have never seen a Dust & Drag item I didn't love. Finally, the jewelry (including Rima Hyena designs) might be pricey, but is definitely worth the investment.

Urban Outfitters | 320 W. 2nd
 

Urban Outfitters | 320 W. 2nd

Urban Outfitters is an obvious choice, especially the one on The Drag. However, I suggest to check out the new location under the W. It is more spacious and organized, and I managed to score a cute backpack for school on sale with an extra 30% off. This Urban felt less picked over and had a CLEAN sale area. Also, they have cute stationary and bags that will allow you to learn in style.

Room Service | 107 E. North Loop
 

Room Service | 107 E. North Loop

A new semester means more than new clothes and books, but often a new apartment! If you're into groovy vintage furniture and decor, Room Service is the hot spot. Skip that Ikea trip and head to Room Service for your desks, couches, and coffee tables. The store is also stocked with clothing, records, and vintage Playboys.